Donald Trump Distances Himself From Steve Bannon & Blames Barack Obama for Allies’ Legal Woes

Moments after former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon was indicted for wire fraud and money laundering on Thursday, President Donald Trump came up with an array of excuses to distance himself from his erstwhile adviser.

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During a press briefing with reporters in the Oval Office, Trump said that he feels “very badly” for Bannon and that he “hadn’t been dealing with him for a long period of time.”

Trump admitted that while Bannon “was involved in our campaign” and “worked for Goldman Sachs” (which has nothing to do with anything), Trump felt that Bannon’s “Build the Wall” swindle was “showboating” and “maybe looking for funds.” Millions, as it were, according to the indictments.

“I think it’s a very sad thing for Mr. Bannon, I think it’s surprising,” Trump continued. “I didn’t like that project… I didn’t know that he was in charge. I didn’t know any of the other people either. But it’s sad, it’s very sad.”

Trump was then pressed on his judgement and why so many people in his inner circle have gotten into legal trouble.

“Sir, it’s not just Steve Bannon. It’s Roger Stone, Michael Flynn, Rick Gates, Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen. What’s that say about your judgement that these are the kind of people you’re affiliated with, and the culture of lawlessness around you?” a reporter asked.

Guess whose fault that is?

“Well I have no idea,” Trump grumbled. “There was great lawlessness in the Obama Administration. They spied on our campaign illegally and if you look at all the things and all of the scandals they had, they had tremendous lawlessness.”

There were zero criminal indictments during the Obama Administration.

The White House, meanwhile, insisted in a statement that Trump “has not been involved with Steve Bannon since the campaign and the early part of the Administration, and he does not know the people involved with this project.”

This too is a lie.

Bannon was one of Trump’s closest advisers during the 2016 presidential contest. He was chairman of Trump’s presidential campaign from August 17, 2016 through the election. His predecessor, Paul Manafort, is a convicted felon. Bannon then served as Trump’s chief confidant until the following summer.

Bannon resigned from his cushy West Wing job on August 18, 2017 (what crazy amazing timing) to gallavant around the world promoting white supremacy.

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